Larry Norman was once an opening act for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Doors. He expressed political beliefs in accordance with the counterculture of his times, yet blended with his faith. A pioneer of Christian rock and worship music, his songs should still be considered instructive and artful to both Christians and atheists alike.
With its David Copperfield start (“I was born”) that gets into a review of American politics circa the early 1970s… and in a Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks-era style… this 1972 song covers more ground than some books of the Bible!
There are many political points that could be discussed here, which could make for a scattered assessment. However, the overall theme has two points: it is anti-war, and anti-war because there are other more pressing domestic problems. Here is an example:
“You say we beat the Russians to the moon, and I say you starved your children to do it”
This is a powerful line about the economic concept of opportunity cost: that government funds spent in one area (the Cold War or “space race”) cannot at the same time go to another area (social programs). “Do you really think the only way to bring about the peace is to sacrifice your children and kill all your enemies?” Norman sings.
As a whole, the political views are tied into the singer’s Christian faith, which is supposed to profess equality of people and love for them, regardless of race and social status and country of origin. The clever word play in the last line calls for moving from the dark to the light, blending the sun with the Son, as in Jesus Christ.